Workshop for Arts Writers / Artists: How to Start an Arts Journal in Connecticut

Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Led by Jenna Crowder, Founder and Chief Editor of The Chart

Artspace is pleased to offer a workshop for writers and artists based in Connecticut who are interested in helping us create a venue for critical writing on the visual arts.  We are partnering with Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) and Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT) on this project, with the intention of launching a shared online journal of experimental, expository and critical writing.

The workshop will be led by Jenna Crowder, Founder and Chief Editor of The ChartThe Chart is an online journal for art criticism by artists, writers, and cultural producers based in Maine, which features critical discourse, interviews, exhibition reviews, essays on art practice and process, and spotlights on artist-run spaces, projects, and initiatives.  Crowder will pull from her experiences starting, running and editing her online journal to build a conversation around what a Connecticut-based version might look like.  She will also lead participants through a series of group brainstorm exercises to begin shaping a framework for what forms of writing the journal might include, who it will serve/reach, and how it will be structured, staffed, and sustained.

Attendees should be committed to staying the full two and a half hours, and come prepared to share their experiences in the field and ideas.  We invite people to stay 30 minutes following the workshop to mingle over light refreshments.  This workshop is free, but registration is required, use the form below.  Support for this project is provided by Common Field’s Field Grant Program.

About Jenna Crowder

Jenna Crowder (b. 1985, San Bernardino, CA) is a Portland, Maine-based artist and writer. She is the Founding Editor of The Chart, an arts journal that aims to connect Maine artists to national and global contexts while offering specific regional perspectives to larger conversations. Jenna favors collaboration in her artistic practice, which extends across installation, printmaking, public practice, and curation to consider the convergence of written language and visual aesthetics. She is a co-creator, with writer Nadia Prupis, of MTV Crits!, a serial project which hosts themed music video screenings and socio-feminist pop culture critiques at art institutions, lingerie shops, and bars. Jenna has been awarded residencies from Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Ragdale Foundation, and the Stephen Pace House, and project grants from the Kindling Fund and the Maine Arts Commission. She is a member of Pickwick Independent Press and the Portland Public Art Committee.


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